O U T S I D E L E F T   stay i n d e p e n d e n t

Residency 4: Kitty and the Kowalskis

get the weekly Outsideleft newsletter
by LamontPaul, for outsideleft.com
originally published: March, 2005
Miro, Klee, Francis Bacon, Russeau, Pollack, O'Keefe or even Chagal. I like colorful and whimsical
by LamontPaul, for outsideleft.com
originally published: March, 2005
Miro, Klee, Francis Bacon, Russeau, Pollack, O'Keefe or even Chagal. I like colorful and whimsical

We're not gonna get all weepy, but it's the end of this exceptional month long residency with Kitty of Kitty and the Kowalskis. The end of the affair a such. We'll be heading back to California and Kitty will be putting the final touches to 'Full Metal Jackass' for its late spring release. Alarcon thought this one of our better ideas, but then he didn't have to leave the shadows of the Nixon Library to make it happen...

So, we all got to know Ms. Kowalski a bit better... We discovered she grew up in a suburb of Manhattan, she lived in SoCal for a while, but was back in New york by the time she was eighteen and as she says, she'd pretty much figured out where she wanted to live by then.

seeks to rejuvenate the tired out rocknroll interview format and offer unreleased tracks, exclusive to outsideleft.

Following an initial introduction to the artist, over the next few weeks, we'll offer a portrait of the artist as a sundowner, homeowner, party animal and check book balancer. All of the things someone told you you'd never want to read. It's a real 'what they look like without make-up'.

The music is an unreleased track, exclusive to outsideleft. It's an essential element to the residency. The artists live to make music and we believe the bands we feature should be paid for doing it. Use the Paypal link below to pay one measly dollar to download the song.

(Pay $1 by Paypal using the link below. When payment is received, you'll be sent a link to download an MP3 version of the song. The link will be active for seven days or until you download the song.)

click on the Paypal button below to download Kitty and the Kowalski's - Human Being (mp3)

What don't we know yet, how about Kitty Kowalski on Art:

"In terms of art, I am only interested in the abstract, really. I like modern artists like Miro, Klee, Francis Bacon, Russeau, Pollack, O'Keefe or even Chagal. I like colorful and whimsical, though Bacon is very disturbing. I have photography if I want realism..."

Kitty Kowalski on writers....

"As far as writers, I was into all the existentialist writers for a while, and I love Hemmingway. He's kind of romantic in a very simple and straightforward way. I love writers form the Victorian era. As non-traditional as I am in art, I love Dickens, the Austens and all that stuff. I love Ayn Rand's sensibility. she's a lot like me, but I'm much more charitable. I love the poetry of e.e. cummings, and the War Poets from WWI. That was the loss of innocence from the Victorian era to the post-"war is hell" sensibility. It was like it happened overnight. David Sedaris is the funniest writer on the planet."

Kitty Kowalski on the perfect afternoon in the most amazing tea room type of place, bar, wherever you'd just hang out with a few or more of your friends and you get the sort of feeling of 'well-being' - and while I can't describe this precisely, exactly, obviously on some level I romanticize cities. When I go back to London, there are just certain people and certain places and I know the world isn't any less fucked up, but it sure feels good to be with them, in those spaces at that moment.

"Oddly enough, I know EXACTLY what you mean. There is this French bistro called Caf?© Luxembourg that I love. I would eat every meal there if I could. I am a "regular" of sorts, and my best friend lives in the building so she goes all the time. Sometimes, I will get up early to take three subways and go all the way uptown just to have breakfast with her, because they don't serve scones after 10 am or something. That place feels like home. My dad used to take me there - we ate there when it first opened 20 years ago. Insert "Cheers" theme song here. As corny as it sounds, it's nice to go to a place where people are happy to see you and they find a table for you even when they are all jammed up. I feel safe there. Also, it's not a scene. I can look like shit there. If I feel like shit, going there makes me feel better. I just can't feel like this in any bar because in the nightlife scene, I'm expected to be "kitty". If I feel like shit, I don't go out. I just don't want to deal with people then. It's probably a good thing that I'm anti-social when I'm in a foul mood. I never want to be a buzzkill."

Residency wk1
Residency wk2
Residency wk3
Residency wk4

see more stories from outsideleft's Music archive »»


publisher, lamontpaul is currently producing a collection of outsideleft's anti-travel stories for the SideCartel, with a downloadable mumbled word version accompanied by understated musical fabulists, the frozen plastic

best LPs of 2019 Bill Callahan... best LPs of 2019
  1. Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest - Bill Callahan
  2. Return to Me - Lilac Time
  3. 2020 - Richard Dawson
  4. Chalk Hill Blue - Will Burns & Hannah Peel
  5. All Mirrors - Angel Olsen
Sno Aalegra... best LPs of 2019
  1. Shlagenheim - black midi
  2. The Imperial - The Delines
  3. Old New - Tomeka Reid Quartet
  4. Ugh, Those Feels Again - Snoh Aalegra
  5. 5 - Sault
Esther Rose... best LPs of 2019
  1. You Made it this Far - Esther Rose
  2. Hiding Places - billy woods + Kenny Segal
  3. I Found a Place - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
  4. Thanks for the Dance - Leonard Cohen
  5. Walk Through Fire - Yola
David Benjamin Blower... best LPs of 2019
  1. We Really Did This and We Really Existed - David Benjamin Blower
  2. The Reeling - Brighde Chaimbeul
  3. Eton Alive - Sleaford Mods
  4. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
  5. Biiri - Nihiloxica

more stories you really could read...

thumb through the ancient archives:

search for something you might like...

sign up for the outsideleft weekly. a selection of new and archived stories every week. Or less.

View previous campaigns.

Where The Autobahn Passes Through Omaha
It's Beyonce's World Now...
Beyonc?© was by far the brightest of a zillion stars at the American Music Awards - but all is merely a precursor to her oscar turn as you know who in Dreamgirls
The Best Cock and Pussy in Town - Larry Clark Now!
Meanwhile in London, Joe Ambrose braves the holiday thrall to visit the Sprueth Magers Lee gallery
Frozen Like The Wolf
Not wanting to leave us dangling, Bruce Bailey takes a critical ice-pick to ski-lift horror film Frozen. Just when you thought it was safe to go back up the mountain...
My Time To Make A Noise Now
Michigan's Monroe Moon are doing everything back to front and brilliantly...
Momus Flames into Being
Momus in a Box. Albums. Singles. And All That...
Some of our favorite things...